4.10.17

Why I Started Drinking Turmeric Ginger Lemon Tea



When I got back from Napa I realized I needed to take a step back and focus my attention on my mind and body. For one, I had trouble sleeping in Napa. While I was on such a wonderful trip, I couldn't help but feel really anxious. I would wake up at 6:00 am with this dooming feeling, like something was going to happen or I forgot to do something important. But there was nothing. If you've been following me then you know that I have generalized anxiety. But I rarely feel this type of anxiety without something (even if it's something small) at the root of it. Moreover my skin was a mess! This lead to me feeling discouraged and exhausted. So for the past week I have taken steps to help both my mind and body. I started going back to hot yoga and hot yoga barre. I started eating primarily vegetables and protein (limiting sugar and carbs- aka no more chocolate in the house). I started drinking tons of water (infused with lemon, ginger and mint). I started taking probiotics again (Bio K is my favorite). And I started drinking turmeric ginger lemon tea at night. 

Turmeric Ginger Lemon Tea has so many health benefits. Here are a few:

Turmeric:
  • It's a powerful anti-inflammatory (which consequently helps with joint pain, stomach aches, bloating and skin inflammation, to name a few) 
  • It's a powerful antioxidant
Ginger:
  • Helps reduce nausea
  • Helps with digestion
  • Reduces muscle pain and soreness
  • Helps reduce menstrual pain
Lemon:
  • Good for your immune system
  • Good source of potassium
  • Helps with digestion
  • Antioxidants help clear your skin  
  • Reduces inflammation
Are you sold yet? If you're like me and have a sensitive stomach, this drink is amazing to have after dinner. And it's so easy to make. There are several variations on how to make it. You could use fresh ginger and turmeric or powder.  Here is my recipe:

Makes 2 cups since 1 isn't usually enough :)
  1. Boil 2 cups of water with 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of fresh ginger (cut into pieces)
  2. Once it reaches a boil, turn off heat and cover for 5 minutes (I sometimes stir in some cinnamon at this point)
  3. Drain the liquid 
  4. Add 1/2 tsp of honey and 1-2 thin slices of lemon
  5. Enjoy!

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